Latest Alaska state government News

Dunleavy pick for Senate vacancy fails to get enough votes

Sep. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by a lawmaker's death failed to receive enough votes for confirmation from Senate Republicans Thursday. Dunleavy last month named Rep. Laddie Shaw to fill the seat held by Anchorage Republican Sen. Chris...

Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting

Sep. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor,...

Alaska Girl Scout group wins appeal of national fee increase

Sep. 18, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a state Girl Scout chapter in a lawsuit against its national council over annual fees, reports said. The Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision that said the Girl Scouts of the United States of America national council has...

Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

Sep. 18, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service because of state budget cuts, officials said. The Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service to Cordova following funding cuts by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy,...

Anchorage attorney named Alaska Public Defender

Sep. 17, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office has announced the appointment of an Anchorage attorney as Alaska's new Public Defender. The Tuesday announcement says Samantha Cherot (shur-OH') fills the position held by longtime Public Defender Quinlan Steiner, who resigned in April. A news release...

Alaska sues public employee union over payment of dues

Sep. 17, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has sued Alaska's largest public employees' union, claiming it violates members' right to free speech by limiting their ability to opt out of paying dues when they disagree with union statements. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson filed the suit Monday against the Alaska...

Dunleavy's budget director takes reduced state role

Sep. 16, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The top budget official in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration will take a reduced role in state government. Dunleavy's chief of staff, Ben Stevens, told reporters on a conference call that Donna Arduin will become an adviser to the Dunleavy administration. The Anchorage Daily News...

Email indicates former Alaska official invited woman to room

Sep. 14, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An email from Alaska's former first lady sheds new light on the actions that drove Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott from office, suggesting he may have invited a woman into his room, newly released emails shows. The revelation came in an email sent from former first lady Donna Walker to her...

Oil company, manager indicted in Alaska for chemical release

Sep. 11, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage grand jury has indicted an oilfield service company and a company manager for assault in connection with the release of chemicals five years ago. The Alaska attorney general said Wednesday Baker Hughes Inc., its subsidiaries and the manager face 25 felony counts. The...

Alaska lawmakers, Native group join dispute over Pebble mine

Sep. 11, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers and a Native corporation have joined the dispute over a Canadian company's potential investment in a large copper and gold mining project. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wrote a July letter supporting investment in the Pebble Mine by Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. of...